Does this sound like a threat to humanity:
Agent Smith: “I’d like to share a revelation that I’ve had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species and I realized that you’re not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment but you humans do not. You move to an area and you multiply and multiply until every natural resource is consumed and the only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You’re a plague and we are the cure.” – The Matrix (movie)
There is a great fear that surrounds AI. I think it’s important to understand there is a difference between the AI that DeepMind [Google’s pet] is and the machine learning systems that are being developed for production assistance.
I don’t see anyone bowing down to Siri and begging for their lives anytime soon.
It’s been a long-standing Sci-Fi story that shows us the danger that a super intelligent machine can pose to humanities survival. Namely the realisation [by the machine] that Humans are not needed and are in fact detrimental to the survival of the Earth [as the stories often go].
This article is a bit on the long side, but it is an excellent example of this debate. There are more than a few ‘big players’ that are weary of where technology is taking us. [Toward extinction?]